Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev +7%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Clear brassy hue, thick lacing
SMELL: Fruity, hard candy, floral, mild breadiness, sweet
TASTE: Slightly smooth, wet, moderate body, fruity, grass, juicy, earthy, herbal, mild spice, baked apples, cactus, dry finish
I can appreciate the effort for doing a cactus flavored brew, if you can get past to at best ... embrace the fruitiness then this brew will do just fine by you.
07-16-2012 02:57:27 | More by Jason
2.95/5 rDev -10.6%
Clear amber in the glass and a nice appearance. Well carbonated with a light moouthfeel. Faint aroma of
Rather sweet and quite fruity. Somewhat tangy, but not at all like citrus taste. Rather faint grape flavor. A touch of cherry Kool Aid as the tartness kicks in. Quite mellow and not the least trace of hops. Just an earthy touch at the end.
Actually too bad, though it's hard to pin the flavors down. Not the usual faint wheat beers with fruity flavors, either. The lack of malty and hoppy beeriness will cause me to skip it next time. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at H and H Beverages in Abilene, Texas.
11-11-2012 05:25:04 | More by mactrail
2.68/5 rDev -18.8%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and standard label art acquired as part of a Shiner variety pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and concept - I like the idea of a pear lager (I love Tusker Lager, which has a great pear flavour). Reviewed as a fruity lager because it identifies as such itso-facto on the label. "Beer brewed with prickly pear fruit and with natural flavor added."
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Disappointingly thin. Little creaminess or frothiness. Decent inconsistent lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.
Body colour is a clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks pretty standard for a pear lager. No overt flaws are obvious. Not unique or special.
Sm: Immediately, I recognize artificial fruit extract flavoring - green apple and pear. Sweet and candi-like. Not quite cloying. Pilsner malts, pale malts. Has a minimal floral hop presence. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T: Heavy fruit extract/flavoring. Green apple, pear, grape. Lightly tart. Minimal floral hop presence. Too sweet and artificial overall. Pilsner malts, pale malts. Dreadfully simple and one-dimensional. Zero complexity and subtlety. The balance could use work as well (in spite of its simplicity). Candied. I'm not a big fan of this one.Too sweet.
Very shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Okay body and thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.
Dr: Downable but uninspired. I wouldn't get this again; very artificial. Pedestrian beer for the hoi polloi. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. I'm glad I didn't buy a 6 pack or anything. A disappointment from Spoetzl.
09-20-2013 01:09:29 | More by kojevergas
2.93/5 rDev -11.2%
Medium sized off white head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear copper colored beer.
A very sweet fruity aroma, I guess it's the smell of the prickly pear with maybe some sugar added.
An almost artificial sweetness to the taste of this beer, seems to me that the prickly pear does not transfer well to a good beer taste and they added some additional sugars and fruit taste to fill in what was lacking in the prickly pear fruit taste.
A dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the sugars and fruit sweetness of the taste on this medium bodied beer.
If somehow they could have make the taste less artificial it might have been a pretty good drink but it just seems to fake for me.
10-04-2012 21:27:56 | More by LXIXME
3.19/5 rDev -3.3%
A - dark copper with a thin, bubbly, loose, white head that fades quickly
S - hints of prickly pear and alcohol
T - grainy, faint toasted malt notes, faint caramel, hints of the prickly pear
M - crisp, over carbonated, medium bodied that is thinned out by the carbonation
I'm not really sure what to say about this one. I was expecting a more pungent fruit presence, but it's really subdued. The bottle also promised a citra hop citrus character, but I don't get any of that. In the end, this is a rather nondescript, simple fruit beer. I'm glad I tried it once, but I don't think I'll be buying any more of this.
07-26-2013 22:30:39 | More by tdm168
3.61/5 rDev +9.4%
24 (!) oz bottle.
Pours deep brown-amber with unusually coarse carbonation. Head is fairly short-lived.
Aroma: fruity and floral, with some earthy/herbal hop notes.
Flavor: Unusual fuity flavor with some tartness, presumably from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. ... think citrus/strawberry. About equally tart and bitter.
O: refreshing, unique and flavorful. Well worth trying.
06-25-2014 16:16:37 | More by chinchill
3.41/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours with a long lasting off white head.. the brew itself is fizzy orange.
Nose shows bright/up-front watermelon and pink bubblegum... I guess this is the prickly pear!!
Flavor shows the same decent fruitiness but a bigger pale malt/wheaty element helps push but mutes the fruits.
Light fizzy carbonation on a light bodied beer....
Okay... I would drink this again.. I guess.
11-04-2013 04:19:51 | More by JohnGalt1
3.63/5 rDev +10%
Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear amber-gold color with less than 1/2 inch of off-white head that had OK retention and low lacing.
The aroma was certainly on the sweet side, a bit sweet, with some gentle grains and nice even hops. On the tongue, it was the same story. A soft grain base, a bit of smooth hops and mostly the fruity sweetness.
The body was pretty good, smooth, even, clean and easy drinking. Drinkability was very good, I'd have a couple of these on a warm day. Overall, I liked this beer. It was somewhat of a surprise (the only other Prickly Pear beer I'd had, hadn't impressed me, but it was from Widmer), I'd say it's probably a must try if you see it, but maybe not worth a lot of effort to obtain.
01-22-2013 22:53:01 | More by beertunes
4.05/5 rDev +22.7%
Sampled from the Family Reunion pack.
Pours a dark amber color, clear, with an eggshell-white head of about a finger. Was creamy and dissipates to a foamy collar. The aroma was sweet and fruity, with a distinct melon aroma. Not sure what prickly pears smell or taste like, but I'll assume that's where it's coming from. Some bubblegum notes, possibly yeast characters. There's a hint of citrus hops in there, most likely the citra, though it's a bit muddled by the fruit. The taste was lightly bitter, with a fruit-like tartness. It's not big, bold or offensive, but it's there. After a few more sips, it becomes a bit more bitter, melding with that soft tartness and a subtle fruitiness. It's...unlike anything I've really had, but it's pretty good. The feel was light, but slick and crisp. It didn't seem highly carbed, but it is nice and bubbly on the tongue, which works well for this beer with the bitterness and mild tart edge.
Shiner's beers are typically average at best, though always very drinkable and cheap, so I always like trying the new Reunion pack when I see it, and thus far, this has been the most interesting and enjoyable. I think this would make a nice summer seasonal, Shiner.
06-29-2012 21:46:51 | More by EgadBananas
3.55/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a lighter copper / deep amber color. Upon pouring there is a two finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of lacing.
Smell -The smell is very sweet and can be detected from the pour, well before bringing my nose to the glass. In the aroma are huge smells of lighter (in color) fruit aromas with big peach, pear, berry (raspberry and strawberry), kiwi, as well as some citrus. There is also a prickly pear aroma that comes through with the rest. Overall its smell is massive of sweet and smells heavily of candy; it is tasty, but rather strange for a brew.
Taste - The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor and a good dose of pear, peach and berry. These taste remains relativity constant, except for an increasing prickly pear and kiwi flavor that continually grow stronger as the taste advances further on. In the end a sweet fruity flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side while the carbonation level is on the higher side. For the sweeter flavors the body and carbonation are both very fitting for the brew and make it easy drinking and more refreshing (lemonade refreshing as opposed to cold water refreshing).
Overall – It was sweet and had some nice flavors, although for me it was a bit too fruity. It would likely be nice on a warmer day when looking for something sweet as well as refreshing.
10-17-2012 00:48:35 | More by Darkmagus82
Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
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